Russia: Vladimir Zhirinovsky Beat

Russia's top ultranationalist, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, had a busy week presiding over a party conference and avoiding coming to terms with a sensitive personal issue ...

Saturday: Was unanimously elected to a 10-year term as dictator of the Liberal Democratic Party during a Moscow party conference; guests included a German neofascist and a delegation from Iraq.

Monday: Raged against news reports revealing that his last name was Eidelshtein until age 18, when he dropped the Jewish surname in favor of Zhirinovsky. "It's crazy. It's not true," said the statesman, whose speeches have often featured anti-Semitic themes.

Tuesday: Took part in a seminar...

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